Dynamic systems theory, second language acquisition and English as lingua franca: how do they relate?

Lanvers, Ursula (2013). Dynamic systems theory, second language acquisition and English as lingua franca: how do they relate? In: Newcastle-Northumbria Joint Research Away-Day in Linguistics and Language Sciences, 18 Jan 2013, Newcastle, UK.

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This conceptual paper is in two parts: the first part discusses two recent influential theoretical developments in Second Language Acquisition (SLA), namely the ‘multilingual turn in SLA’ (Ortega 2010), and the application of Dynamics Systems Theory (DST) to SLA (Larsen-Freeman & Cameron 2008). The second part asks how the ubiquitous English as Lingua Franca phenomenon might shape the learner ecology very differently, in particular for learners of English on the one hand, and language learners with English=L1, on the other. The discussion draws on both DST and the ‘multilingual turn in SLA’.

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